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Clinical Faculty - Awards and Honors

The mission of Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy.

Many of our clinical faculty have received awards and honors and are highlighted below:

Bobbette Ranney, MD, was awarded the 2018 Missouri University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Karen Leamer, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, has been named President of the Medical Staff at Children's Colorado.

We also, currently have 5 clinical faculty members who serve on the Children's Colorado Medical Board: Sharisse Arnold-Rehring, MD, FAAP, Jody Mathie, MD, Shen Nagel, MD, Suzanne Rogers, DO, FAAP, and, Stephanie Stevens, MD.

There are two prestigious awards named for James E. Strain, MD: the James E. Strain Award at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which honors a practitioner who exemplifies the ideals of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); and the James E. Strain Community Service Award at the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.

Dr. Strain’s influence on the children of this state, region and nation has been far-reaching. He was touted by the former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, C. Henry Kempe, MD, as one of the top pediatric clinicians in the state of Colorado. The late Dr. Henry Silver also commented that “Dr. Strain is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding pediatricians in the United States.” Dr. Strain has also recently been promoted to Distinguished Clinical Professor, the highest level of a clinical faculty rank, which is awarded to an outstanding clinician, advocate, and teacher.

In 2017, Jay Markson, MD received the James E. Strain Award from Children's Colorado.

Jay Markson, MD and Susan Townsend, MD have been awarded the James E. Strain Community Service Award by the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 64,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Colorado Chapter of the AAP (COAAP) has a long history of advocating for Colorado’s children, their families and their healthcare providers. The chapter also creates educational resources and provides professional support. Nearly 500 pediatricians, including general pediatricians, sub-specialists and hospitalists, are members of the COAAP. The Chapter is governed by volunteer officers and a board of directors and is supporters by an executive director.

Steven Perry, MD, is the current President of the Colorado Chapter of the AAP and Joseph Craig, MD, the Past President of the COAAP.

We have two more clinical faculty members, Ted Maynard, MD and Karen Leamer, MD, who serve on the Board of Directors of the COAAP. Dr. Leamer also, previously served as President of the COAAP.